My favourite store, Lush, launched two new products in the last couple of years. Identical in size and shape – they clearly came from the same mould as the Shimmy Shimmy glitter massage bar – they were priced at £7.50 and were designed as skin tints. One, Silk Stockings, was designed to add a light shimmer and the illusion of stockings to paler skin, while the other, Black Stockings, was designed to add a deeper shimmer to black and Asian skin, or add a hint of fake tan to lighter skin. Having already reviewed Black Stockings, I will now review its lighter cousin, which doesn’t seem to be available on the Lush website any more although I am sure it will pop up on the Lush Kitchen at some point.
Now, I am quite happy to be ‘pale and interesting’ – and trust me, I am REALLY pale – but when it comes to my legs, I understand that a little bit of colour can work well. I prefer to steer well clear of actual fake tan, as well as those body lotions which purport to add colour over time (‘tanning by stealth’, I call it), but I thought it couldn’t do any harm to try some of this once in a while. I love the vintage look of stockings, but they’re a hassle to wear, as well as being hot in summer, and expensive: I thought the Silk Stockings bar would be a handy substitute.
The bar is designed to do three things: add subtle colour, even out skin tone, and moisturise. Suitable for vegans, the bulk of the bar is made up of cocoa butter and shea butter, both of which are excellent moisturising ingredients. This means that you don’t need to apply moisturiser before using, even if you have dry skin. I have found that the bar keeps my legs soft and smooth all day, just like my normal moisturiser.
The bar also adds subtle colour and helps even out my skin tone, which is handy as it helps stop my legs being pasty white, and also helps cover up any flaws or spots (like shaving marks!). I am very sparing in the way I use this: I rub the bar gently on part of my legs then use my hands to massage the colour throughout my legs.
Altogether, this bar is handy for adding a hint of colour and glow to my legs particularly in the summer. It costs £7.50 which sounds like a lot, but it lasts ages – my bar hardly looks used. I find it helps make my legs look a bit less pasty and gives them a pretty subtle shimmer. Recommended.
I have very pale skin that doesn't tan well (thank you Dad, for your ginger genes), and I've never been able to get on well with wearing tights - I always ladder them, and I don't like the feel of them against my skin. So when a friend mentioned Lush Silk Stockings to me last summer, explaining that it was essentially a massage bar for your legs that would make it look as if you were wearing tights, I decided to give it a go.
I ordered online (Lush stores always give me a migraine after a few minutes) and I believe it cost me about £7.50 at the time for a 30g bar (I can't actually see it on there at the moment, although Black Stockings, the same product for darker skin types is available to purchase, so may just be out of stock).
The bar is quite a sweet little heard shape, and a sort of pink colour with a hint of shimmer to it. It works in just the same way as other Lush massage bars - it quickly begins to melt at body temperature, so to apply you just need to rub the bar down your legs and then massage in with your hands to get an even colour coverage. It massaged in very well, and had a lovely scent to it, a mixture of jasmine and sandalwood that is very exotic, and actually quite a mature scent.
It doesn't sink into the skin, but rather sits on the top. My legs felt very silky after applying this, but they did feel a little oily too, which I wasn't too keen on. They looked fantastic though - as I have very skin, I applied very sparingly, and then spent a lot of time massaging and spreading to get a very subtle shimmer effect, that looked like a healthy hint of tan. Depending on how 'tanned' you want to look, you may want to apply more of the product, I have experimented with building this up in layers, but on me just a very thin coverage looks best.
I really liked the subtle shimmer effect. My legs, despite their general pastiness, are actually a part of my body I like the shape of, and the shimmer really helped highlight the angles and curves. I was worried that this might rub off throughout the day, but actually it seemed quite determined to stay put on my skin. I also worried about it marking my clothing, and I certainly wouldn't be brave enough to try this when wearing a pale coloured skirt, or an item that couldn't be machine washed, as I worry that the oils might damage or stain the fabric. It seemed to get on alright with my denim skirt though!
Despite it's determination to stay put on my skin when worn, it showered off quite easily, though it did leave a greasy residue in my tub that needed to be cleaned off. My skin once I'd removed the product still seemed very soft and moisturised, so as well as looking good it did my skin some good too.
My bar of this lasted me about 3 months, with a few uses each month (we really didn't have a very good summer this year). I was pleased that the bar (which I kept in a tin) didn't dry out between uses. Given that I have never kept a pair or actual tights or stockings beyond one wear due to clumsiness and inevitable laddering, this has definitely saved me some money versus buying actual tights.
The only downside is that, with the sun having made it's first appearance this year, I can't find it available online at the moment, and there isn't any use on whether or not they'll be bringing it back. It may still be available in stores, so I'll brave a visit to my local Lush shop soon - migraines or not, this is a great product for my pale skin, and makes me look much less pasty without any need for fake tan. I'll be taking one off for the slight oily feel on my skin all day though, wasn't so keen on that.
After such a good experience with Soap & Glory's 'Glow Lotion' I have become a little obsessed with products which claim to enhance the look of my pasty white legs with shimmer and tint rather than tan. Lush's Silk Stockings has been the latest of such products I've been using.
Silk Stockings is a fleshy coloured near heart shaped bar which is rubbed over the legs to make them look lovely without stockings or tights. It hides uneven skin tones, moisturises and adds a slight shimmer and pink tone to the leg area and is meant for paler and untanned skin tones. 'Black Stockings' is also available for darker skin tones. The 30g bar can be bought from Lush stores or their website for £7.50.
This is another one of Lush's 'naked' products and doesn't come packaged. You can, if you wish, have it wrapped in store and I find the wrapping you get to do a good job of protecting the bar and keeping it in tact.
This is a vegan friendly product which contains shea and cocoa butter to soften the skin, rose and jasmine absolute along with sandalwood oil to scent the product and various colouring agents to give your legs that silky even shine.
To use Silk Stockings you simply rub it along your legs and allow it to melt on the skin. I find rubbing it across my hand a few times before putting it on my legs works best and this gives it chance to warm up and begin to melt first so I don't have to go over the areas I started with again during the application process. You then just need to rub your hands over your legs to ensure it has been evenly applied and you're done! The whole application takes a mere couple of minutes, as it fits neatly in the palm of my hand I find it really easy to apply and I the bar tends to last about twenty uses so I don't find it to be too expensive either.
Silk Stockings doesn't really smell of much at first I don't think but as it warms up and starts to melt onto the skin a lovely musky jasmine scent occurs which I absolutely love. Having said that, this scent isn't particularly strong and I certainly don't find it lingers very long my skin. The initial nice smell of this product is a nice added bonus but it's not a major selling point.
What is a major selling point is the effects it has. This stuff is wonderful! It gives my legs an even fleshy colouring which makes them look less pasty but not tanned (which I really like as I don't find the tan look suits me at all) whilst adding a subtle shimmer which just makes the legs look really healthy and sexy!
It doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky or heavy and there's no need to wait for anything to 'dry' although you might want to wash your hands after application, sparkly palms look a little strange if you ask me. The effects last a decent amount of time too. The shimmer wears off after about four hours but the colour stays put until you wash it off which is also really easy to do with a bit of shower gel in the bath or shower.
Silk Stockings is perfect for giving legs a little pick me up and also works really nicely as a highlighter for the face. If you just rub it on your fingers and then run them across the cheek bones it adds beautiful natural looking definition. It also looks really nice applied to the shoulders when they're bare and just anywhere really! This stuff isn't limited to making the legs look attractive.
The only negative is that the last time I bought this the woman in the shop informed me it was being discontinued (I've really no idea why - it's amazing)! So, if you do feel like trying this on out, best to do it quickly whilst you still can!
Silk Stockings get five starts from me (and my legs)!
These bars cost £7.50 and they weigh 30g in weight.
They are heart shaped and they contain the Lush "Fever" fragrance, which smells lovely and very feminine.
I bought one of these bars when the sun came out, hoping to get my legs out for the summer. I have naturally pale skin and the Lush store assistant recommended this one over the Black Stockings bar. The bar is easy to use. Simply rub it over your legs and the colour transfers onto your legs, leaving your legs looking tanned and stunning! The bar melts easily thanks to your body temperature and a little goes a long way so you needn't rub the bar too hard onto your legs. The bar leaves a lovely sheen on your legs which looks natural as opposed to looking "Essex".
I find that the tint lasts most of the day, although if I am going out in the evening I sometimes need to go over my legs again. Sometimes the colour runs in the rain but that's only if my legs get soaked. A little light rain doesn't make the colour run. Another good thing about the bar is that it contains natural Cocoa Butter which is an excellent moisturiser for dry skin, so the bar is actually GOOD for the skin. It leaves my legs feeling soft, smooth and silky. I would suggest shaving your legs BEFORE using this bar as sometimes the colour can transfer onto your hairs, leaving an uneven tint to your legs.
This is a lovely bar for pale legs, it lasts ages too. I would recommend it.
I have really pale skin and I sometimes need a bit of help before I get my legs out. I don't like tanning products that fade or get patchy so I prefer ones that can be washed off. I have used lots of the solid massage bars by Lush before and found most of them to be quite good which is why I decided to purchase Silk Stockings.
What does the product do?
The product is a moisturising body tint that promises to soften the skin and add a hint of colour to your legs. It claims that it will even out the skin tone and give the appearance of wearing stocking while leaving your legs silky to the touch. It has been specifically designed for those with pale skin and for those with darker skin, Dark Stocking will be much better.
How does the product work?
The product works because it contains Shea Butter and Cocoa butter which are two of nature's greatest moisturisers. They begin to melt at body temperature which is the key to how this product working and they hydrate and nourish the skin deeply. The product contains nude and pink pigments in order to even out the colour of the legs.
How do you use the product?
You use the product after cleansing and exfoliating the skin. You need to use it in the bathroom as it can get messy. After warming the product up in your hands until it starts to melt, you then smooth the product over the legs. After putting the product back into its wrapper or into a tin, you then massage the product into the skin. You need to get someone else to check that you've applied the product evenly to the back of the legs. You are safe to dress pretty soon afterwards and it won't mark your clothes. At the end of the day, you can simply wash it off in the bath or shower.
The product doesn't come cheap and will cost you around £7 for 30 grams. It can be bought from your nearest Lush store or from thier online website.
Appearance and Aroma
The product comes in the shape of a heart and it is a pale chocolate colour. It has a smooth texture and consistency. The aroma is very strong and it is floral mixed with a bit of vanilla. It's heavy and it had been created using Roses, Jasmine and Sandalwood. It's very noticeable and it will be with you for most of the day so its best to check that you like it first.
Applying this product can be messy, tricky and time consuming but it gets easier with practise. You need to make sure that you don't put down the product onto anything or touch anything that you don't want to be marked. The product itself glides over the skin and feels very silky. It's fairly easy to get an even coverage but I always get someone to check I've done a good job just in case. It doesn't feel uncomfortable or irritate my sensitive skin.
This product really makes my skin feel very smooth and silky. It makes my skin feel hydrated and the smoothness lasts all day. The colour that it leaves on my skin isn't orangey and it won't make you look like you've been tangoed. It simply adds a subtle warmth to the skin and makes the legs look healthier. The product is slightly shimmery but it looks pretty and it gives a nice sheen to the legs.
All in all, this product adds a lovely touch of colour to the skin and it leaves the legs feeling silky and smooth. The smell is heavier that it needs to be and not really my thing so I've knocked a star off for this reason. It can also be messy and tricky to use but practise makes perfect and it gets easier with time.
There's something about Lush shops and the annoyingly bouncy shop assistants that make me part with far more cash than I should spend on smellies. One product that was a complete impulse buy was the Silk Stockings body tint which is designed to give your legs a little bit of colour and glamour on a night out.
The bar is shaped like a love heart and is a peachy tan colour, to use it you simply rub it over your legs to transfer the colour from the bar onto your skin. I have found it fairly difficult to apply when I'm cold as the bar does not melt very easily but if you use it after a hot bath or shower in a warm room then it glides on easily. The main ingredient of the bar is shea butter which is a lighter oil than cocoa butter which sinks nicely into the skin.
The bar is scented to smell like Fever massage bar which is a jasmine scented bar. While the fragrance is nice and subtle I would much prefer an unscented bar as I like wearing loads of different perfumes and don't want different scents clashing.
I will describe my legs to you before I tell you how well the bar works, my legs are sorely neglected and usually hidden under trousers. They are also ridiculously pale, think ghostly white and you get the picture. They also have various knobly bits and various blemishes and uneven skin tone, in short they are kept well hidden for a reason!
I chose the lighter of the two stocking bars which is designed for light skin and I normally have a problem finding make up which is light enough for my skin colour and this bar was a great match. It covered my legs in a shimmery peachy or light tan colour really well and still managed to look like a nice and natural skin colour and like I had just applied some shimmer.
In terms of staying power the colour lasts really well and did not rub off onto clothing and furniture and after I fell asleep in it I expected the bedding to be smeared in make up but it had all stayed on my legs. As you would expect it does take quite a bit of scrubbing to get it all off your legs again but that is better than it rubbing off.
I think silk stockings is a great product to use when you want to have a less than perfect legs out on display for a night out as it gives them a bit of colour and shimmer which is vastly preferable to lumpy paleness! The bar costs £7.50 which is fairly pricey considering it is only 30g in weight but it will last for several applications and is worth it to feel good about yourself.
Silk Stockings is one of the very latest new releases from Lush as part of their 2010 range. It's brand new in the shops and is available to purchase at their retail outlets or online at www.lush.co.uk at the price of £7.50 for a 30g bar. I was given a quick demo in the store to help understand the product and see if I liked the results before I decided to buy it. The staff were helpful in explaining what it was all about as I am always very interested in anything new coming in!
This is a different type of product than I would normally buy, and is not something that I've come across before. It is described as being a 'body tint' and there are two of these available: Silk Stockings, which is a pink toned tint and Black Stockings, which is a deep tan toned tint. I have very pale skin so tried the Silk Stockings first as I thought it would suit my skin tone the best.
Lush say: "Pull on a pair of your silkiest stockings. Silk Stockings is one of our new solid body tints. This is the one for pale skins that need some colour and even tones. It's a pinky blend of colours that melts onto the skin and gives a natural looking tint. It also washes off easily, so your sheets won't suffer melty messes."
The item itself is a small heart-shaped solid bar with a pearly pink colour and a creamy looking texture. It has a similar appearance to the Shimmy Shimmy massage bar. The main ingredients are cocoa butter and shea butter, both of which are highly moisturising. It smells pleasant enough, and is sweet but subtle. My first impressions are that this will be a nourishing treat for the skin which will add a nice shimmery glow.
In the store, the sales assistant helped me to apply this. You apply the bar directly to the skin and rub all over to give an even coverage. This is supposed to be ideal for using on your legs, especially on the centre-front area as this will give the illusion of making them look longer and slimmer. It could also be used over the shoulders and collarbones to highlight.
Once the tint had been applied to my skin it felt very greasy and sticky. It doesn't rub into the skin like a lotion or massage bar would, and the product sits on top of your skin, coating it with a thin layer. It smells nice, not too strong but that may vary depending on how much you use and how much of your body you want to tint. It contains jasmine and sandalwood which is a sexy and alluring combination, very classy and different to the usual sweet candy and fruity scents that are common in Lush.
Aside from the greasy feeling the biggest disappointment was how the stuff actually looked. I don't know if it's just because of my very pale complexion, but the stuff actually made me look like I had sunburn. It did not leave a pale pinky shimmer as I had expected, but a dense and very obvious reddish toned pink stain. It was far too much of a contrast against my skin and it just looked like it had been painted on, it was impossible to get the stuff to blend in. It was also very shiny and shimmery so that drew even more attention to it. I was actually quite embarrassed walking around with it on, when I got outside of the store and could see it in natural light it looked like I was a burn victim!
The only good thing this body tint had going for it was that it stayed on perfectly and didn't smudge or wear off even over several hours of walking outside in the hot sun, however as I hated the look of it so much this is just another negative point from my perspective! I couldn't wait to get home and wash it off. It did cleanse away easily, and was gone after a quick scrub in the shower, without leaving behind any residue.
I cannot describe how awful this product was for me, it was greasy instead of moisturising, and made me look sickly instead of sexy. I can't believe they are charging so much for such a poor product. If it had been a more subtle shade and had a better texture that soaked into the skin and felt moisturising then I may have been tempted to give it another try, but there is no way I would buy this and I'm glad I was able to test it first rather than waste my money.
If you like this then you will love these similar products from Lush:
Fever massage bar
Black Stockings body tint
the Colour Supplement range
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - keep your beauty cruelty free!
Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Perfume, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benyzl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Isoeugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Colour 77891, Colour 77019, Colour 77491
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
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